Author Event: Ali Fitzgerald - Drawn to Berlin

Ali Fitzgerald’s students are among the record-breaking number of people who are seeking asylum in Berlin, fleeing from countries such as Syria and Afghanistan. They draw images of experienced violence and careful optimism: rafts and tanks, flowers and the Eiffel Tower.

In her decade in Germany, Fitzgerald experiences the highs of the creatively hopeful along with the deep depression of the disillusioned, all while waiting to stumble into her own glory like the great Modernists before her. Her comics are compassionate and unflinchingly intimate, as the fantasy of her bohemia crumbles in a globalized city. Entwining political and personal displacement, Fitzgerald’s graphic memoir is about loss, community, and the drawings that bind us. 


Author Bio: 

Ali Fitzgerald is a comic artist and writer living in Berlin. She is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. Her comics have also appeared in New York Magazine’s The Cut, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Bitch Magazine, and The Guardian. From 2013 to 2016, she wrote and drew the popular webcomic Hungover Bear and Friends for McSweeney’s.

Between 2013 and 2016, Fitzgerald wrote the column "Queer Berlin" for the arts e-magazine Art21. In the spring of 2018, she collaborated with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on a series of graphic works about Magritte. She has led visual storytelling workshops at the National Library of Germany, the University of Bath, and Shakespeare and Company in Paris.


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Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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